Knighton becomes fourth fastest man in history over 200 meters

Marie Mahé, Media365, published on Sunday May 01, 2022 at 10:09 am

This Saturday, near Bâton Rouge in Louisiana, the young American sprinter Erriyon Knighton (18) ran a 200 meters in a time of 19”49. That is the fourth best performance in history.

He writes history. This Saturday, near Bâton Rouge in Louisiana, as part of the meeting organized by LSU, the local university, the young American athlete Erriyon Knighton, now only 18 years old, since January 29, and originally from State of Florida, became the fourth best performer in history over the distance of 200 meters, after running in a time of 19.49 (+1.4 m/s). In front of him, there are three prestigious names, namely Usain Bolt (19″19), Yohan Blake (19″26) but also Michael Johnson (19″32). On this same race, this Saturday, the second comes a long way. Joseph Fahnbulleh ran in 19.92 while Dorian Camel, who came third, set a time of 20.00.

Fourth in the distance at the Tokyo Summer Games

This fourth best world performance in history also corresponds to the brand new world record among juniors, as well as the best world performance of the year. It was during the year 2021 that Knighton, who measures 1.91 meters for 77kg, began to really make people talk about him. In effect, last year, the young American managed to take fourth place in the 200 meters final at the last Tokyo Summer Games in Japan. A few weeks before this prestigious event, and more precisely on the side of Eugene, on the occasion of the American selections, Knighton had then also established his brand new personal record over this same distance, with a time of 19.84. This young prodigy , who had initially opted for American football in high school, definitely continues to impress on the track. a time of 10.04.

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